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Beamforming Technology Powers New Ultrasound System

By MedImaging International staff writers
Posted on 29 Oct 2018
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Image: The prototype HERA I10 chair-type ultrasound system (Photo courtesy of Samsung Medison).
Image: The prototype HERA I10 chair-type ultrasound system (Photo courtesy of Samsung Medison).
A new ultrasound system with innovative image reconstruction architecture facilitates the examination of high-risk pregnancies and early diagnosis of abnormal fetus conditions.

The Samsung Medison (Seoul, Korea) HERA is a new premium ultrasound platform that is based on Hyper-aperture Enhanced Reconstruction Architecture (HERA), which allows an 11-fold increase in processing power and 10-fold increase in data transfer speed, compared to the company’s previous system. System features include a wide, rotatable control panel that uses a swivel mechanism that provides a range of movement of 550 mm from left to right, and 219 mm from top to bottom. Another innovation is a single crystal probe technology called S-Vue.

The HERA system also uses Crystal Architecture, which includes CrystalBeam beamforming technology and the CrystalLive advanced post-processing engine. Other features include ShadowHDR, a shadow suppression algorithm that is designed to improve images of highly attenuated regions, such as fetal head and spine; HQ-Vision, which provides higher resolution images; MV-Flow, a solution that offers a detailed view of blood flow relative to the surrounding tissues or pathology, with enhanced spatial and temporal resolution; and LumiFlow, which adds a continuous and volumetric three-dimensional (3D) vascular image.

“Samsung is proud to introduce a new premium ultrasound system HERA W10 and a form factor innovation ultrasound HERA I10, as well as solutions that greatly improve the efficiency of hospitals,” said Dongsoo Jun, CEO of Samsung Medison and president of health and medical equipment at Samsung Electronics (Seoul, Korea). “Samsung will continue to provide the best solutions possible and bring meaningful changes in the healthcare industry.”

In addition to the HERA W10, Samsung is unveiling a prototype of the HERA I10, a next-generation chair-type ultrasound system designed to meet the unique needs of obstetrics and gynecology. The HERA I10 provides a comfortable experience for both the doctor and the patient by eliminating the need for the patient to shift her body, automatically adjusting for proper positioning. It also ergonomically reduces the force required to move the control panel back and forth and the resistance force on the wrist.

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